The Baltic Guide ENG February 2017

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12 Events in Estonia recommended by culture.ee

10th Tallinn winter festival

Trump Conception’s

At Tallinn Winter Festival,

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Janno Trump: Old Enough and Good Enough

and Lovro Pogorelich (piano, Croatia). The concerts of the festival take place in Tallinn Town Hall, Hopner house, the hall of Tallinn Philharmonics (House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads), Charles’ Church and Swedish St. Michael’s Church. ■

TEXT STUART GARLICK, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

The Trump Conception is one of the

Time: 3.–11.02.2017 Location: Various locations in Tallinn

Photo: Madis Ots

superb guest artists from abroad as well as outstanding and recognised Estonian musicians, with the Pille Lill Music Fund has collaborated consistently for over ten years, will give unforgettable concerts. This year the performers are: Arete Teemets (soprano), Andrei Bogatš (tenor), Piia Paemurru (piano), Virgo Veldi (saxophone), Ralf Taal (piano), Kristina Kriit (violin), Atlan Karp (baritone), Neeme Ots (trumpet), Tiia Tenno (organ), String orchestra from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, teachers prof. Mari TampereBezrodny and prof. Peeter Paemurru, evening conductor Pille Lill, Sigrid KuulmannMartin (violin), Andreas Lend (cello), Irina Zahharenkova (piano), Madis Kari (clarinet), Andreas Lend (cello), Marko Martin (piano), Kristina Fialová (viola, Czech Republic), Irina Zahharenkova (piano)

Comics exhibition “Grey Area” The exhibition “Grey Area“

introduces the more avantgarde trends in Estonian contemporary comic art. Twenty-first century Estonian comic art are hard to define or describe since most of them have lost their connection to their traditional newspaper roots. In Estonian contemporary culture, comic art play a marginal role that seems to exist in a bizarre quasi-state without its own mainstream, recognisable image or specific and stable outputs. In a weird way, this vagueness seems to be leading Estonian comic art in a positive direction, which is evident in the artistic quality

of the new works, as well as in the constant influx of fresh and talented artists. Participating artists and groups: Edvin Aedma, AW (Liisa Kruusmägi and Janno Pikkat), Jüri Kask, Liisa Kivimäe, Peeter Krosmann, Ivar Laus, Triinu Lille, Kristel Maamägi, Marko Mäetamm, Ats Nukki, Madis Ots, Darja Rattik, Lilli-Krõõt Repnau, Anna Ring, Stella Salumaa, Elina Sildre, Joonas Sildre and Veiko Tammjärv, curator: Mari Laaniste. ■ Time: Exhibition is open until the 26th of March. Location: Tartu Art Museum (Raekoja plats 18, Tartu)

most talented jazz collectives in Estonia right now, and is just beginning to branch out internationally on the back of the ten-piece band’s debut album, called One, which radiates no-nonsense, good-time vibes and is a must-listen. 26 yearold bandleader Janno Trump sat down with the Baltic Guide to talk through the new release, the Estonian jazz scene, and that famous (unrelated) namesake. First of all, Trump cleared the elephant in the room - sharing a surname with the controversial new President of the United States. “We considered changing the name, but we’ve already released the album, so I don’t know... There are so many aspects to this, and right now I don’t want to change the name, but we’ve got two festival gigs coming up in Latvia and Lithuania in the summer, and I can imagine how it looks to someone who doesn’t know the band and doesn’t live in Estonia. A friend told me there’s no bad publicity, and maybe that’s right.” “I just felt something - my own thing - was missing,” Trump says, explaining why he formed The

Trump Conception in 2015 with a group of his friends. “There’s only one chance. At that point I’d written some tunes, but I didn’t know what lineup would play them. There was one particular tune that I really liked, and which made me think the big band was the right way to put it out there. All of a sudden there were seven or eight tracks, and it grew from there.” The band was picked from various sources by Trump. “With some of the guys, we used to play together at the Georg Otsa School, and then with others, I had the opportunity to play in bands with them. When it came to recording these tunes, I knew exactly who I wanted to call. I know their pros, cons and so on so well that I’m not going to write something that doesn’t play to their strengths. For all of us, our musical journeys have met at some point in life, and that gives us an understanding of where we’re coming from musically.” “The recording was in separate sessions - we recorded the rhythm section in Latvia, drums, bass guitar, electric guitar and piano, then step-by-step we recorded horns, and percussion. There were so

many sessions because there’s really so much to record, and there’s also a lot of work to do after the sessions. It takes a long time.” However, Trump did not want a pris-

tine product, but an example of his band as a living, breathing collective. “Everybody wants to get his or her album to be as clear as possible, but there’s a danger that if it’s too clean, it’s boring. You can’t repair everything. I know there are some mistakes on that recording, but I didn’t want to repair everything, because it’s good when the listener wonders from time-to-time if that was a mistake or intended.” There were several key inspirations for the positive, sunny sound of the album. “Jaco Pastorius, a bass player, made some phenomenal recordings, and I think he’s number one for me. Pat Metheny, a guitar player, another jazz guy, and Richard Bona, a bass player, they’re all major influences for me. In Estonia, my own teachers in the Otsa School have been influential for me. Raul Vaigla is a fantastic bass player, for example.” “All the songs on the album, I think you can recognise them in the gigs, but each time we play